Casting the Ultimate Titanic Movie


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Some of us off-line have been competing on putting together the best-ever Titanic movie cast. Here's my idea of the ultimate All-Star Cast for a Titanic Movie:

THE CREW -

Tom Hanks................Thomas Andrews
Sean Connery.............Capt. E.J. Smith
Robert De Niro...........J. Bruce Ismay
Michael Caine............Capt. Arthur Rostron
Anthony Hopkins..........Capt. Stanley Lord
Rufus Sewell.............Officer Wiliam Murdoch
Ewan McGregor............Officer Harold Lowe
Josie Lawrence...........Stewardess Annie Robinson
Matt Damon...............Operator Jack Phillips
Johnny Depp..............Operator Harold Bride

FIRST CLASS PASSENGERS -

Warren Beatty............Col. John Jacob Astor
Ashley Judd..............Madeleine Astor
Harrison Ford............Benjamin Guggenheim
Christina Ricci..........Mme. Ninette Aubart
Rosie O'Donnell..........Molly Brown
Pierce Brosnan...........Sir Cosmo Duff-Gordon
Emma Thompson............Lucy, Lady Duff-Gordon
Julia Sawatha............Laura Francatelli
Cate Blanchett...........Dorothy Gibson
Anne Bancroft............Pauline Gibson
Miranda Richardson.......the Countess of Rothes
Toni Colette.............Gladys Cherry
Antonio Banderas.........Victor Penasco
Jennifer Lopez...........Maria Penasco
Daniel Day Lewis.........Hudson Allison
Kristen Scott-Thomas.....Bess Allison
Anne Heche................Alice Cleaver
Brian Dennehy............Major Archie Butt
Carroll O'Connor.........Frank Millet
Charlton Heston..........Isidor Straus
Dame Judy Dench..........Ida Straus
Rupert Everett...........Harry Widener
Kelsey Grammer...........Henry B. Harris
Jessica Lange............Rene Harris
Richard Dreyfus..........Jacques Futrelle
Annie Potts..............May Futrelle
Jude Law.................Karl Behr
Heather Donahue..........Edith Russell

SECOND CLASS PASSENGERS -

Hugh Grant...............Michel Navratil
Denzel Washington........Joseph Laroche
Juliette Binoche.........Juliette Laroche
Robert Downey, Jr........Lawrence Beesley
Susan Sarandon...........Annie Funk
James Coburn.............Rev. Thomas Byles


STEERAGE CLASS PASSENGERS -

Michael Keaton...........Frank Goldsmith
Michelle Pfeiffer........Emily Goldsmith
Michael J. Fox...........Daniel Buckley
Melissa Gilbert..........Rosa Abbott
Liam Neesan..............Eugene Daly
Kevin Kostner............Samuel Risien
Cissy Spacek.............Emma Risien

Now this could be a whopper! Who would you cast in your dream Titanic flick?
 

Jim Kalafus

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MELISSA GILBERT as Rosa Abbott? Given the insights from Phillip Gowan's postings on the topic, I propose that evil creature who played Nellie Oleson as Dorothy Gibson, with Catherine MacGregor (Mrs Oleson from the series) as Mrs. Gibson.
 
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Well as much as I love Hugh Grant- he's about 35 years or more too old for Michel Navratil. We need a winsome toddler with curlylocks and a toothy smile and dimples. I must also have Meryl Strep somewhere in the mix-she can play anything and get the accent right. Ashley Judd is a bit long in the tooth for Madeline-I see Ed Asner as Mr. Straus with Olympia Dukakis as Mrs. Straus. I always see somebody fun but gracious and refined as Molly Brown- Bette Midler could do it- she's actually a very classy lady.I see Polly Walker as the Countess- she and Josie Lawrence were superb in ENCHANTED APRIL- and Polly is dropdead gorgeous. We need a Mrs. Candee- Julia Roberts? Is there a cameo for us? I want to be Miss Hays!
 
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Shelley "Winsome, curly locks, toothy smile and dimples" the part was made for me and I should like to volunteer my services! As my old mate Cook always wants to be called Helen from now on, don't cast Mrs Bishop without calling him first, remember "Hell hath no fury like a Cookie spurned!"

Geoff
 

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I'd suspect that Mr. Grant is being cast as Michel Sr.

Please, let's not leave out the Thayers. I'll nominate Elijah Wood as Jack.
 
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AHA! Clever Steve. I suspect you are right- somehow, I need someone more -er... French. But Geoff- there IS an opening for The Titanic Baby- Frank Aks. He told me he was a dimpled darling and an adorable armful. He also said once that he weighed 13 pounds at birth. His poor mother! If you have the strawberry birthmark-the part could be yours!
 
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Karen Sweigart

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Russell Crowe as Officer Lightoller sounds interesting to me. Can we get Arnold Schwarzenegger in this movie somehow?? He can be Fireman Barrett.
 
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Elaine R Barnes

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Hmmm, Tom Hanks as Thomas Andrews? Can he do the accent? And isn't Christina a little young for Mde. Aubart? I think Victor Garber did a very nice job as Andrews and I wouldn't mind seeing him reprise that role....
P.S. I don't mind seeing Harrison Ford as anyone in a movie
 
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Karen Sweigart

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Tom Hanks can do anything Elaine. Did you see him in "Castaway"? He was very good. I agree though, Victor Garber was wonderful as Thomas Andrews. Maybe we could find Tom another part. How about Tom Cruise?? Can we squeeze him in?? Ben Affleck s/b Harold Bride, so he and Matt Damon can work together. Johnny Depp is too wild for Harold Bride.
 
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I think Tom Cruise could possibly be R.N. Williams, Jr. Yes, I agree Tom Hanks can do anything with a shelf full of Oscars to prove it.

I'm sure we could find Ben and Matt parts SOMEWHERE in this movie, as there were over 2,000 people on board. Maybe Ben could be George Harris? Just a thought...
 

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What about

Robert Carlisle............Hugo Ross
Arnold Schwartzenegger.....Cheif officer Wilde
Matt Damon.................Sitxth officer Moody
Nigel Hawthorne............George D. Widener
Ben Affleck................Harry Widener
Meryl Streep...............Lucile D-G
Roger Moore................Sir Cosmo D-G
Tom Cruise.................Washington Roebling
 
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Hey Ever'body,

These are all great! I especially like the idea of Ben Affleck and Russell Crowe taking parts. And Tom Cruise too. I also have lately thought of Jeremy Irons. Also Glenn Close. But who could they play? Mind you - Irons must not molest and Glenn cannot boil rabbits.

It's true Johnny Depp may be too weird for Bride, though I was calculating without the claws-for-fingers thing.

In the same vein I am counting on Anthony Hopkins not bringing his cannibalism kick to the role of Lord.

Julia Roberts is too young for Mrs. Candee. Maybe Dixie Carter? But Polly Walker would indeed be a great Countess of Rothes. ("Enchanted April" is one of my favorite films. Whenever I need an uplift or want a vacation and can't take one I watch that movie and dream of someday finding that Italian castle by the sea!)

Randy
 
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David Macallum deserves a reprise- and Anthony Andrews is just right for an officer. Surely Robert Wagner deserves another chance- as long as
twitching to the Navajo Rag is not required. Sean Connery is SPLENDID for Smith- am still sighing over the white beard from Hunt For Red October- no mortal should age so delightfully.
 
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Karen Sweigart

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I don't know who Polly Walker is. I can't picture a person for that name. Thinking on Molly Brown though, I'd leave Kathy Bates in that role, she did it so well. Ben, I like Ahnold as Officer Wilde. He's a big guy. I'd love to see Dixie Carter in the movie, I think she's great. How about Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward as Mr and Mrs Strauss??? Wouldn't they be great? Could we throw Richard Gere in here?? Maybe Officer Murdoch?
 

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Ok! Here goes!

Captain Smith: Patrick Stewart (after 2600 Big Macs, a wig, a beard and an intensive Mote Cristo smoking course)

Wilde: Ray Winstone
Murdoch: Robert Carlisle
Lightoller: Mark Spitz
Andrews: Liam Neeson
Ismay: Richard E Grant/ John Cleese
Rostron: Clint Eastwood
Lowe: Joe Pesci
Annie Robinson: Patricia Quinn (Magenta in the Rocky Horror Show)
Bride: Jude Law
Man in womens clothing: Leonardo De Caprio


JJ Astor:Sean Connery
Madeleine: Christina Ricci
Countess of Rothes: Kate Winslet
Duff Gordon: Corin Redgrave
Lucille: Dame Judi Dench
Margaret Brown: Barbara Bush
Isador Strauss: Ben Kingsly
Ida Strauss: Spocks mum in Star Trek
Jaques Futrelle: Stephen Fry
Jay Yates: Nigel Hawthorne
Lawrence Beesley: Hugh Grant

Well, it's a start!!
 
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Don't forget Charlotte Cardeza.

Joan Collins or Susan Lucci would be great. Either one would probably love the chance to wear some of Charlotte's dresses.
 
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Karen Sweigart

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Sam, I love Leo as 'man in womans clothes'!!! Also Clint Eastwood as Captain Rostron is genius!
 

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